We know the data.
The French author
André Gide stated that
everything has already
been said but no-one is
paying attention, so we have
to keep on repeating ourselves.
So let’s start again: last year,
two million and three hundred
thousand Africans died of AIDS.
Last year, three million four hundred
thousands persons were infected
with HIV in Sub-Saharan
África. Before the disease appeared,
life expectancy used to be 62 years –
today, it has dropped to 47. In the
most affected countries of África, life
expectancy has dropped bellow 40
years of age: more than twenty years of
life expectancy have been lost after
twenty years of epidemic.
This disease strikes key-sectors of the most
affected countries: first of all, healthcare
and education systems. Health professionals
and educators have been decimated.
In the year 1999 alone, we estimate that
eight hundred thousand kids in Sub-
Saharan África lost their teachers.